Insisting on stringent measures to curb the influx of Mexican heroin, including its synthetic analogs like fentanyl, into American territory, United States Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan has said that the nation is “critical of a dip in opium poppy eradication.” Sullivan said this the day the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) released the 2017 National Drug Threat Assessment (NDTA) and expressed serious concerns over the growing threat to the country due to heroin addiction and related overdoses.
Addressing a meeting in the northern Mexican city of San Luis Potosi on Oct. 23, 2017, Sullivan said that the present government wanted to intensify its efforts to prevent the flow of lethal drugs like heroin and fentanyl, which have resulted in sharp increase in cases of fatal overdoses across America. “More rigorous, collaborative efforts to confront the threat posed by the production and distribution of heroin and fentanyl are a priority for the United States,” said Sullivan.
According to a DEA report, Mexican heroin accounted for 93 percent of the drug tested in U.S. markets in 2015. The DEA also said that Mexican heroin is the purest of all forms of heroin due to the surge in poppy cultivation activities across Mexico. The DEA said that between 2013 and 2016, opium production across Mexico tripled partly owing to the reduction in poppy eradication. The Mexican government’s figures indicated a 15 percent drop in poppy eradication during 2016, but appeared to be gaining momentum in 2017.
Mexican drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) earn billions of dollars each year by trafficking deadly drugs into California, both for distribution within the state as well as for storing in stash houses before they make their way to other cities across the U.S. There is no doubt that the proximity to the southern borders, rising numbers of multiethnic immigrants and intricate network of interstate highways linking various parts of the country, have transformed California into a significant narcotics hub and transit point in America.
Heroin aggravates existing misery across America
Owing to its harmful and addictive nature, heroin use over an extended period can lead to physical and mental problems. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heroin overdose death rates increased by 20.6 percent during 2014-2015 and nearly 13,000 people lost their lives in 2015 alone. Shockingly, the number of heroin-related deadly overdoses has leapt fourfold since 2010.
Studies show that white Americans in the age group of 18 to 44 years was the largest ethnic group in the U.S. to be affected by the heroin addiction. Upon injecting or snorting it, heroin binds to specific receptors in the brain known as mu-opioid receptors (MORs) and activates them. Such an activation stimulates the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine, causing euphoric sensations. The outcome of activation of opioid receptors with externally administered synthetic opioids like heroin leads to dependence and addiction.
Heroin addiction is treatable
In a country that is already weighed down by the opioid epidemic, an extensive heroin addiction is just like rubbing salt into the wounds. Heroin is an illicit Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). Studies show millions of Americans find themselves falling into the trap of heroin addiction faster than they could ever imagine as the deadly white powder makes its way into innumerable neighborhoods nationwide. The only way to break free from the shackles of the drug is to undergo a customized heroin addiction treatment program at a reputed rehab center.
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